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I love Dusseldorf – Amazing variety of things to do there

Dusseldorf Gehry buildings at MedienHafen harbour and Rhine tower

Dusseldorf MedienHafen harbour Gehry buildings

North Rhine-Westphalia – or rather a village close to Dusseldorf used to be my home. People from the area are cheerful and optimist by nature and I would certainly describe myself as a glass half full kind of girl – most of the time! I do enjoy my life and I count myself lucky to have the chance of living in the UK and being able pop back to my birth place whenever I feel the urge. I see it as having the best of both worlds! In my posts about my region, I’d like to show you the places I love and that have become my all-time favourites. Enjoy and watch this space!

 

 

Dusseldorf is the perfect place for retail-therapy

Great choice for places to eat and chill

Known for famous artists and musicians

There is always something going on in Dusseldorf

 

Kö – Dusseldorf’s ‘posh’ street

 

I used to love working in the centre of Dusseldorf. I spent my lunch break around the famous (and very glamorous) shopping boulevard, Königsallee, (Germans call it Kö). I was certainly not spending my money there but just absorbing the atmosphere – well, most of the time! There is a canal running along this swish street, which is framed by magnificent old trees. Sitting on a bench and eating my sandwich always had a calming effect on me. Even though Dusseldorf has around 600,000 inhabitants and is the seventh largest city in Germany, it does have a very special ambience for me and it feels like ‘little Paris’.

 

 

 

Check out the fashion scene – very trendy!

 

Dusseldorf is not only an international and financial centre, it is also well-known for its fashion scene, which is mainly due to the fashion shows, exhibitions and events that take place there. One of them being the Igedo.  Founded in 1949, it used to be the largest fashion show in the world. The fashion scene is still very present and is an important location for international designers and buyers. This is why Dusseldorf has an elegance and charm about it and why it always attracts popular brands to the stores. For shopping lovers, it’s absolute heaven with its fabulous variety of shops, which are mainly concentrated in the city centre and all within walking distance. Even better are that many of the shops are individual boutiques and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Dusseldorf goes wild at carnival time

 

 

Some love it, some hate it

The carnival season, also known as the ‘fifth season’, is one of the largest and most important events in Dusseldorf. It starts every year on 11th November at 11.11am and has a spectacular parade through the streets of Dusseldorf on Rose Monday (Rosenmontag), the day before Shrove Tuesday. This popular festival ends on Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch). A few days before the event, you’ll see people dressed in costume around the city, especially in the Old Town (Altstadt), drinking the traditional beer (Altbier) and meeting up with friends or work colleagues.  They party in the streets, venues, pubs or private parties.  Many people absolutely love this event and can’t wait until the season starts, but there are others who don’t particularly like it.  I must admit, I’m not a huge fan but I do like the buzz that the city offers and may find myself joining the crowd at the Zum Goldenen Einhorn, Ohme Jupp or Füchschen, which are traditional pubs on Ratinger Straße, in the Old Town.

 

 

Oh, how I love traditional Rhenisch food!

Every time I go back to my home country, normally about two or three times a year, I need to have some traditional food. I often ask my mum to make me some homemade meatballs (Frikadellen) or at a restaurant I like to order a traditional beef roast like Rheinischer Sauerbraten with dumplings and red cabbage, depending on the season of course! My German friends know me very well, so whenever they know I’m going back for a visit, they’ll always check beforehand if I’ll be wanting some typical Rhineland cuisine! There’s no doubt, food plays an important part in my life, which doesn’t always make my scales very happy, but hey ho! My motto is to enjoy your food but, as with everything in life – always in moderation!

 

Capture some traditional atmosphere at a brewery

Good places to try the regional cuisine are at one of the historic breweries like Füchschen, Schumacher brewery Düsseldorf AltstadtSchumacher brewerySchumacher , Uerige_in_Düsseldorf_am_WochenendeUerige breweryUerige, which all serve a typical 4652819227_94c6739c96_bThe traditional dark beer (Altbier)dark beer (Altbier) and classic meals like Blutwurst (similar to blackpudding), Bratwurst with sauerkraut, Kasseler (comparable to gammon) or pancakes with bacon.

In 2015, Tim Mälzer, a popular TV chef, opened Hausmann’s, a restaurant in Dusseldorf’s Old Town with Patrick Rüther.They reinvented the traditional cuisine and created delicious, contemporary food that has its roots in the Rhineland. I love the rustic interior, which is so cosy but modern at the same time.

Got a sweet tooth? Here’s something for you…

 

Before I finish making your mouth water, I’d like to recommend my favourite patisserie, Leysieffer, on Königsallee. You may not know this, but the French aren’t the only nation to be able to bake good bread and delicious cakes! Germany is also famous for its wonderful variety of bread and patisserie.  Leysieffer was founded in 1909 and has since opened shops all over the country, you’ll even find them at airports. They sell the most delicious gateaux, biscuits, cakes and other sweet treats and even made my wedding cake, which was a heart-shaped strawberry gateau and I have to say, absolutely out of this world. As a huge marzipan lover, I sometimes treat myself to their exquisite marzipan – really trying to force myself to have just ONE piece at a time! Yummy! I’ll tempt you with more on the culinary front very soon.

 

1Did you know...?

1Guess where the world’s sixth biggest trade show is held - Yes, it’s Dusseldorf.
Well-known trade shows.‘Boot’ is a very popular trade show that exhibits some of the most luxurious yachts and boats luxurious yachts and boats in the world. Companies specialising in water sports come to the event, which takes place in January to show off the latest trends and products. As a teenager, I used to love going there with my friends to discover the latest water sports’ activities and equipment. Well, that’s not totally true – we were probably much more interested in the boys testing out the new surf boards or hanging out in one of the beach bars! It was all good fun though! Seriously, it was a really interesting show, even if you didn’t have the money to buy a yacht. If your other half is interested in this sort of thing, you could take him along and combine it with a bit of culture and shopping in town. The location is perfect as it’s really not far from the city centre. Other important trade fairs worth mentioning is the Medica, which is the world’s largest event for the medical sector (every November); the Drupa Media Fair, which takes place every four years (the next one takes place in the summer of 2020) and the Interpack International Packaging Fair in May. As small as Dusseldorf is, it certainly attracts some of the biggest names in business!

 

 

 


2Great for partying
Do you know where the longest bar is in the world?

Dusseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) has around 300 bars and is known as the longest bar in the world.

If you like beer, try the Altbier, which is dark in colour and has a slight bitter but fruity taste at the end. It’s made by using a top-fermenting yeast, rather than the bottom fermentation used in making lager. Don’t be surprised if you receive another glass of beer without even ordering it. It’s normal practice, especially in the traditional breweries.



3Fashion and design city
Want to start a fashion career? Look at these design schools.

Dusseldorf has a creative buzz about it and attracts many designers and fashion schools.

Those interested in throwing themselves into this competitive and demanding business should consider some of these places: Fashion & Design Academy, Design Department/Fashion and Communication Academy and Fashion Design College.

 

 

4State-of-the-art architecture
The MedienHafen Harbour has undergone a complete makeover. 

A few decades ago, the harbour and its surrounding area really wasn’t an attractive place to be and was mainly an area for workers, industry and trade.

In 1990, the council started to renovate the area and international architects like Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Joe Coenen, Steven Holl and Claude Vasconi created a whole new face to this district. Nowadays, you’ll find media companies, advertising agencies and fashion and design offices as well as a good variety of restaurants, which attracts locals and tourists to the area. I personally like the view from the steps just in front of the Hyatt Hotel, while watching a beautiful sunset; and one of my favourite restaurants has to be the stylish steakhouse, Gehry’s.

 

 

 

 

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